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Review: ACCOMPLICE by Eireann Corrigan

Posted by on October 25, 2010
Accomplice 
ACCOMPLICE
Eireann Corrigan
296 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: August 1st, 2010
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: MEH

They’ve gotten good grades – but that’s not good enough. They’ve spent hours on community service – but that’s not good enough. Finn and Chloe’s advisor says that colleges have enough kids with good grades and perfect attendance, so Chloe decides they’ll have to attract attention another way. She and Finn will stage Chloe’s disappearance, and then, when CNN is on their doorstep and the nation is riveted, Finn will find and save her. It seems like the perfect plan – until things start to go wrong. Very wrong.

I loved the sound of Accomplice, and I was really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy. I thought I would love it — I was completely wrong. I didn’t read it in one sitting, as some of you may have noticed, its been on my “currently reading” section for about a week now. Books don’t usually disappoint me and you’ve probably noticed most of my reviews are 4 or 5 stars. This one did.

Accomplice started out and ended out pretty much the same – boring. I expected something to go “very wrong”, just like the summary says. I kept reading and reading and waiting for something to happen, but nothing extreme happened.

The main character, Finn (who, from the summary, I suspected to be male, but is actually a girl), narrates the story. Her best friend, Chloe, convinces her to stage her disappearance. Finn goes with the plan, and while Chloe hides in Finn’s grandmother’s (who’s on vacation) basement, Finn has to act like her best friend is missing and maybe even dead. Instead of reaching a climax, the whole story pretty much goes on like that, with someone being arrested on false accounts. The story would have been more interesting if the characters and the incidents had more, I don’t know… substance, to it.

I would have rated it two stars, but the summary was really good, so I gave it a three. I think the author could have put a little more to it, and maybe had a more extreme incident happen. The cover is pretty nice too, I don’t really like those covers with a model on it ;).

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7 comments

  1. Thanks for the review. I've heard a lot of raves and gushes about Eireann Corrigan's work (but mostly for her male POV novels), so it's nice to see a different opinion. I'll probably still try one or two of her books before deciding whether or not I like her writing, though.

    Thanks for the honest review — they're always appreciated :)

  2. Lots of very good reading here, thanks! I had been searching on yahoo when I discovered your post, I’m going to add your feed to Google Reader, I look forward to a lot more from you.

  3. I think you gave the rating of book too high. I didnt enjoy this book much. I was just waiting for something really really bad to go down, but it didnt. Towards the end the author could have gone a different route when Chloe accuses Finn of making sexual advances toward her. That part caught me off guard and was just waiting to see if Finn found it true or not. I honestly thought at end Finn was going to kill Chloe for dragging her through this terriable ordeal! That would have been an awesome twist! But that didnt happen. :(
    I wish that author would have included the secene were Finn looks like she is gonna rat out on Chloe; that would have helped the book. But alas that too did not happen. :(

  4. This doesn't sound like a particularly good read. I do require a bit more substance to my books and this sounds like it misses the mark. So frustrating.

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